CARBONDALE – Carbondale and Golconda are among five communities in Illinois receiving 2021 Boat Access Area Development grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
Carbondale will receive $120,000 for the Cedar Lake Boat Launch. This project calls for construction of a new accessible floating dock on the north side of the existing boat launch; installing a small removable floating dock for canoe and kayak use; removing the current restroom facilities and installing new accessible facilities at the parking lot level. The project will also construct a picnic pavilion to serve as a location for weigh-ins during fishing tournaments.
Golconda will receive $142,000 to for the Golconda Boat Ramp Development. The project calls for redeveloping an existing boat launch area, including upgrades that will help attract local and out-of-town boaters. The improvements will include an extension of the boat launch area, parking areas, a second concrete ramp, a wheelchair ramp with accessible dock, a fishing pier/floating dock, new lighting, erosion control, new picnic area, and landscaping. The development will improve ease-of- access for boat traffic and will also allow ample parking spaces for kayak, canoe, and non-towing traffic. In addition, the new floating dock an improved area for fishing.
The IDNR Natural Resources Advisory Board reviewed grant requests totaling more than $1.4 million and recommended awarding funding for the projects. The five grants that are being awarded total $721,500.
The Boat Access Area Development Program provides financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion or rehabilitation of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois’ lakes and rivers. The program provides up to 100 percent of approved project construction costs and 90 percent of approved land acquisition costs. There is a limit of $200,000 per project per year. Revenue for this program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat and canoe registration fees.